AR & Coaching 2007 : The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Actually just the GOOD!!!! The bad and the ugly have been edited out!
What a fun task to review the coaching posts and take a look at how coaching and ActiveRain are intermeshing! Thanks to Jennifer Fivelsdal for the opportunity to play on this team!
To research this post, I read all the posts that were flagged coaching and reviewed the bios in the trainer group and took a look at the Coaching Groups to find more people and posts that would be valuable to bring to you. I interviewed a few coaches who had some good posts for their perspective. I found some new folks who'll I'll now subscribe to! There are 10 Coaching Groups, although several are private. When I joined early in the year, there were about 60 trainers listed. There are now 515. The whole profession of coaching is an interesting one since anyone can call themselves a coach.
So, I'd like to start there: On ActiveRain, we have a category for trainers but not one for coaches and I hope that this post will help you understand some distinctions between the two. I feel strongly about this because I encounter people who have no training at all or have just been trained by the company they work for. The International Coaches Federation (which is sort of like the NAR for Coaches) has certified 48 schools to offer training programs with minimum standards of 125 hours of class study. The ICF serves as the ethical body as well as offering the opportunity to earn coach designations, such as the Master Certified Coach(MCC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Many people calling themselves coaches are using their real estate industry background to justify the title, coach. And many are actually offering "training" or "mentoring" rather than coaching. A good way to explain the difference, is that training is about the "what" and coaching is about the "who". Perhaps this is splitting of hairs, here, but I do want for you to know the difference and be empowered with the right questions should you hire a coach....but, I digress...and that is a whole 'nother post!
Should you have a coach? It's a personal decision, of course, based on your needs. Whether you need a trainer or a coach is part of that decision. Here are few thoughts on that by some ActiveRainers:
- This caught my eye, Coach: I don't need no stinkin' coach! , by Tiffany Norton.
- Lisa Wetzel offers some thoughts on why you'd want a coach in her Invitation To Join Business Coaching Group.
- Award winning (ActiveRain/Inman ProjectBlogger) Blogger, Mary Pope Handy feels it is an expense that has proved worth it.
The great opportunity you have as part of the ActiveRain community is to sample the coaching style of the coaches by reading their blogs and getting a feel for their style.
DrumRoll Please........ Best of 2007 Coaching Posts:
Here is my favorite post by Katerina Gasset Conquering Your Roadblock Who's Name Is FEAR.
She says "Being a coach in the Active Rain Community has been very rewarding. I have been blessed so greatly in my life and love the chance to pay it forward. The way I give thanks is through helping others and here on the Rain I have the greatest opportunity to reach the most agents who can read my posts to help them in their lives and businesses. Through comments on my posts I know that my contribution is effective and appreciated.I also have picked up some great clients to coach and this is also very rewarding. I love to coach and train so I am living my dream and I am in my element here on the Rain." She also had a featured post Are You Ready To Quit or Sink Your Teeth Into Your Business In 2008 that is well worth reading if you missed it.
Lonn Dugan, a former webmaster and SEO service provider , also had two posts I had a hard time choosing between (so I didn't! Isn't that the great thing about blogging?...you can make up your own rules): Are You PURPLE Yet? and Roll Over Beethoven: Inventing a Wheel vs Buying a Wheel
Lonn said,"It used to be that most real estate blogs were about scripts, dialogue, business practices, office systems, and which smart phone to use. In 2007 we started hearing a lot more about SEO, SERP, Long Tail, PPC, and Google Rank! Active Rain has been a huge leader in online discussion for Real Estate Agents, so it is no surprise that there were a lot of posts on these topic. Not every agent can afford a personal coach, so this great web site at ActiveRain.com lets me help them too. My eBook about How to get Page One Rank at Google was published free of charge, one chapter at a time, at ActiveRain.com. See FREE eBook post #1 at http://activerain.com/blogsview/59831/Draft1-Page-1-TOP .
Chris Pollinger's post, Producing a Great Electronic Newsletter is an example of training (the what) vs. coaching(the who). Good stuff, regardless of the category, so I've slipped it in!
Chris sums up what I believe many of us have experienced. He says," Active Rain has allowed me to exceed the successful and tap into the significant. As a Real Estate Coach, I see the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Active Rain has allowed me to participate in some small way to share what's working and what's not it today's market. I have received comments from all over the US with agents I would have never met otherwise, letting me know something I've said in a comment or written in a post has changed their lives for the better.Active Rain has provided far more exposure than I had ever thought possible into markets and areas that I wouldn't be in otherwise."
Kelle Sparta gives some good advice for the "who" side of things: Get Committed
She says,"The thing that I've found most useful for blogging on Active Rain for me as a coach is that it is letting people get to know me and how I think. I've found that between the blog, the book, and the podcast, people who call up are acting like they've known me for years. It's really amazing (and a little disconcerting since I have no idea who they are). I have a few raving fans who are always out there to offer up a kind word or two as well and that's a bonus for me when I'm needing a pick-me-up. The interesting thing for me though is how the points system really encourages me to post in my blog. I have a goal to get into the top 10 in Massachusetts. It's a daunting task since the bar is constantly moving and I'm competing against agents who have the option of cutting and pasting reports from the MLS and who post listings. So it's more work for me. But it isn't really about getting into the top 10, it's about motivating myself to post, I think the point system is simply brilliant for this.And here are a few more that impressed me :
- Jess Rankin wrote WHAT THE HECK IS A D.F.E.? If you don't know about a D.F.E., it's time to find out
- I loved this rather introspective post the moon by Mary Pickering. Simple questions are the most powerful tool a coach possesses. It taps you into your brilliance.
- Tim Davis also wrote simple but powerful insights in The Essential Fundemental To Establishing Your Brand
- Dean Gomus and Susan Hanshaw have written a series that is called Tips for Maintaining Positive Energy
- And, everyone needs coaching tips about time management. Coach Steve Toth offers his Top 10 Time Management Tips.
So there you have it! 2008 promises to be an extraordinary year for those who choose to stretch themselves beyond average! Reading the posts from great coaches on ActiveRain will be one way to stay at the top of your game! Hiring a coach might be another!